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From left: Vodafone Fijian 7s team members Vetemo Ravouvou delivers, (right), ball to Seremaia Tuwai (No. 8), while captain Osea Kolinisau watches closely during training at the St Joseph’s College ground yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoom Fiji
February 04
07:13 2016

The Samoa 7s team faces injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s Sydney 7s.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team plays Samoa in the opening match of the Sydney 7s this Saturday at 12pm.

Fiji will be playing against Argentina for the fourth time in a row. They will also meet France in this pool.

Samoa head coach Damian McGrath finishes winning the bowl final in Wellington last Sunday, with three players injured.

The team beat Scotland 19-7 with only nine players in the squad.

McGrath told Talamua Online he was not happy with their travel schedule.

He said players were exhausted and were not able to get a good night’s sleep or begin a thorough recovery.

This is because they had to be awake at 3am on Monday to catch a 6am flight to Sydney.

He said to make matters worse, they did not to check into their hotel in Sydney until 2pm making the day effectively a write-off.

McGrath tweeted from the hotel saying his players only had a “couple of hours sleep because of ridiculous flight time to Sydney – then boys have to lay on floor of lobby 5/6 hrs waiting for a room!”

He added none of so-called “big teams are here, they fly this afternoon after a good nights rest – we’re all equal but some more equal than others.”

Meanwhile, Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan looks confident for this weekend.

“We’ve got a lot to prove there and we haven’t got any serious injuries. We will do what we can to lift the trophy at the weekend,” Ryan said.



Argentina head coach Santiago Gomez Cora believes it would be another exciting weekend.

Cora believes his team can cause upsets and reach finals.

“We are heading into another tough weekend. There are no more easy teams,” Cora said.

“Every one of the fifteen core teams is a hard opponent. The series used to be run by South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji but now there are more teams that can unsettle them.

“Australia, England, Kenya, Samoa, USA and even ourselves can bring them discomfort and make it to semis and finals.

“The first three tournaments are proof of this parity,” Cora said.




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